Date(s) - Tue. Jun. 12, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Freebo is a genuine folk, rock and blues icon who, after over 40 years of recording and touring with many of the great artists of our time (Bonnie Raitt 10 years, CSN, Maria Muldaur, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Neil Young, & many more) is regarded as one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of today. A multi award winner and finalist in numerous songwriting contests, Freebo was also recognized as the ‘Best Folk Artist 2007’ by the Los Angeles Music Awards. In addition, he has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Muppet Show, The Midnight Special, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap.
Freebo’s compassionate concern for the world and people around him, as evidenced both in his lyrics and his open stage banter, has helped him connect with listeners worldwide. He will take an audience from insights about what kind of positive mark we hope to leave on the world upon our own passing with “Standing Ovation” to where you stand with your pets and your partner with “She Loves My Dog More Than Me.” A musical evening with Freebo will be astute, insightful, clever, and truly melodic.
“Freebo is more than one of LA’s best players, he’s also a richly gifted and distinctive songwriter, as expressive in his writing as on a bass” (Paul Zollo, Songwriters On Songwriting)
“Listening to Freebo is like riding on a cumulus cloud of peaceful awareness, a cosmic blend of folk/country/rock/soul ear-pleasing genre-defying music.” (Walt Falconer, Cool Album Of The Day)
A couple of videos of Freebo:
With her soulful, impeccably tuned voice and crafted poetry, Boston singer-songwriter Alice Howe is “at once of the moment and timeless, personal and universal” (Mark Walton, Americana UK). Her pure, distilled sound reflects a musical sensibility rooted in ’60s folk and ’70s Southern California songwriters. Credit is due to Alice’s parents for raising her on a steady diet of Taj Mahal, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Jackson Browne, and Joan Baez. As a performer, she is sure-footed and captivating, familiar to her audience from the very first song.
2017 was the year that Alice began making big waves in the folk world. Her EP You’ve Been Away So Long debuted on the April Folk-DJ charts with a #1 song – “Homeland Blues” – and #11 album. “Homeland Blues” went on to become the #7 song for all of 2017. Alice has been touring consistently in support of the EP, playing at such venerable Northeast venues as Club Passim, Caffe Lena, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. All in the last year, she was a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, an Official Showcase Artist at FAR-West, and a Semi-Formal Showcase Artist at NERFA.
Alice is currently hard at work on her first full-length album at Aum Studio Productions in Bakersfield, California, produced by legendary bass player turned award-winning singer-songwriter Freebo (Bonnie Raitt 10 years, CSN, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, and many others). Alice and Freebo have been touring together over the past year. The new album release is expected late 2018.
“A gem…at once of the moment and personal, timeless and universal.” – Mark Walton, Americana UK
A couple of videos of Alice:
NICK VANDENBERG & GEOFF GOODHUE
Raised in Boxford, Massachusetts, Geoff Goodhue now lives in Jackson, New Hampshire and performs regularly as mandolinist and vocalist in the Vermont based bluegrass quintet, Beg, Steal or Borrow. Geoff plays drums on “You and the World Outside”, an album of J.D. Hutchison’s original material, released in 2016 on Howdy Skies Records in collaboration with Tim O’Brien. The band appeared on Mountain Stage in 2017. Geoff also performs alongside Danny Knicely as part of the newly formed Bryan Bowers Band.
Nick Vandenberggrew up in St. Mary’s, West Virginia and has spent time in Los Angeles, CA and Chapel Hill, NC composing music for film and working as a music producer and audio engineer. Though his songs are clearly shaped by his Appalachian upbringing closer inspection reveals a wide range of influences gleaned from his musical studies including composition lessons with Bruce DeMoll, tenor saxophonist and arranger for the Glen Miller Orchestra in the 1960’s, and sitar and vocal classes with Indian classical music legend Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He has composed music for projects shown on the Nickelodeon Network and at the Sundance film festival and has toured as a member of the North Carolina based bands bands Bombadil and Blue Cactus for whom he produced the self titled 2017 debut album. He currently lives in Boston, MA.
Geoff and Nick met in 2000 as freshmen at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Geoff was enrolled in the school of music as a percussion major and Nick in music composition. The two formed a rhythm section that backed several jazz and fusion ensembles over the course of the next four years with Nick on fretless electric bass and Geoff on drums. Nick and Geoff rejoined forces in 2009 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, but this time with more of an affinity toward Americana folk music. Together they recorded and released the Nick Vandenberg album “West Virginia” in 2011 and “Songs from Inside” in 2012 with Geoff’s family outfit, The Goodhues Band. As a duo they primarily perform Nick’s original songs with guitar, mandolin and vocal harmony.
Here’s a video of Nick and Geoff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV6riOyDq5w&feature=youtu.be